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  • Name: Claude Joseph Patrick NUNNEY
  • D.O.B: 24th December, 1892
  • D.O.A: 2nd September, 1918
  • D.O.D: 18th September, 1918
  • Award: Victoria Cross
  • Occupation at time of action: Private, 38th Battalion Eastern Ontario Regiment, 12th Brigade, 4th Division, Canadian Expeditionary Force
  • Book: The Complete History - Volume 2
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Near Vis-en-Artois, France 1-2 September 1918

1-2 September 1918

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The First World War 1918 

The Battle of the Scarpe, launched on 26 August 1918, had pushed the Allied front line eastwards close to Vis-en-Artois near where the Arras to Cambrai road was crossed by the Germans’ defensive Drocourt-Quéant Line. On 1 September, while the Allies were preparing to drive further eastwards, the Germans counter-attacked, threatening the forward positions of 38th Battalion Eastern Ontario Regiment. Lieutenant J D Adams reinforced these outposts but, after he was mortally wounded, Private C J P Nunney distinguished himself in the repulse of the German attack. The next day he played a gallant role in the fighting to break through the Drocourt-Quéant Line.

Citation

 For most conspicuous bravery during the operations against the Drocourt-Quéant line on the 1st and 2nd September, 1918. On 1st September, when his battalion was in the vicinity of Vis-en-Artois, preparatory to the advance, the enemy laid down a heavy barrage and counter-attacked. Pte. Nunney, who was at this time at company headquarters, immediately on his own initiative proceeded through the barrage to the company outpost lines, going from post to post and encouraging the men by his own fearless example. The enemy were repulsed and a critical situation was saved. During the attack on 2nd September his dash continually placed him in advance of his companions, and his fearless example undoubtedly helped greatly to carry the company forward to its objectives. He displayed throughout the highest degree of valour until severely wounded. 

Second Supplement to The London Gazette of 13 December 1918. 14 December 1918, Numb. 31067, pp. 14779-80

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